Here we offer links to informative resources from our partners and x-ray equipment manufacturers that help to explain the inspection services available at our premises.

X-ray technology is the most reliable method of product inspection – used in the food and pharmaceutical industries to detect potentially harmful contaminants such as metal and glass – yet the potential of x-ray inspection goes way beyond foreign body detection, giving manufacturers the tools to maintain quality control and product integrity.

X-ray systems can perform several in-line quality checks simultaneously such as measuring mass, counting components, monitoring fill levels and checking for damaged packaging, and can detect faulty products before they leave the factory.

This white paper looks at several inspection tasks and explains how x-ray technology is the ideal solution for more than just contamination detection.

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There is currently no legal requirement for manufacturers to implement an x-ray inspection programme, however should a foreign body be discovered in a food or pharmaceutical product, manufacturers could be called upon to prove their procedures are adequate in managing and preventing such risks. Your company’s investment in an x-ray inspection system may need further justification.

This white paper examines the reasons to implement a well-designed x-ray inspection programme – from Consumer and Brand Protection to Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance.

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What are the main components and operating principles of an x-ray inspection system?

This white paper explains how specialist x-ray equipment can be highly efficient to detect typical contaminants at various stages of the production process.

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Read more about how x-rays work in our FAQs.

Product recalls are often a result of physical contamination rather than microbiological contamination and could therefore be prevented with a well-designed x-ray inspection programme.

This white paper provides practical guidance for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to help avoid such quality issues in the first place, by monitoring the quality of raw materials, careful maintenance routines and adopting good engineering and manufacturing practices.

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Pinpointing the stage in the food chain at which contamination took place can require skilled detective work. Was it deliberate or accidental?

This factsheet by CampdenBRI – specialists in science and technology for the food and drink industry – concentrates on identification of foreign bodies once they are found.

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Hazard Analysis Critical and Control Points (HACCP) has become an international standard in the food industry to ensure the highest levels of product safety, aimed at both keeping contaminants out of the production process and identifying contaminated goods before they leave the factory.

This white paper is designed to help manufacturers conduct a hazard analysis and to choose the most effective locations – the critical control points – within the production line for installing an x-ray inspection system.

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This white paper is designed to help manufacturers to understand the longer-term benefits of installing x-ray inspection equipment and the importance of calculating the potential savings of such an investment.

For many companies, the customised inspection service provided by AIS will offer a better value alternative for quality assurance and the prevention of product recalls, and we will be happy to provide you unbiased aid in this assessment.

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Tightened regulatory standards and heightened consumer awareness means the need for a reliable product inspection system is more important than ever before.

This white paper offers a five-point checklist for food manufacturers, including staying abreast of the required regulations whilst relying on the experts to ensure the highest quality product inspection procedure is in use.

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Food and product safety remains a top priority for manufacturers and retailers, making certification by a globally-accepted standard an essential achievement for all producers. Global food safety standards are designed to ensure companies can demonstrate they have a food safety management system, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and that they have conducted Hazard Analysis in line with HACCP principles.

This paper highlights four of the most-used global standards including the ‘BRC Global Standard for Food Safety’ and ‘IFS Food’ plus points to consider when deciding which standard to adopt.

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People are right to be wary of radiation, but that doesn’t mean they should be concerned by the use of x-rays in food inspection.

The use of x-ray inspection equipment is both highly regulated and increasingly common; this white paper assesses the safety of x-ray inspection of food.

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Read more about how x-ray inspection does not harm food in our FAQs.

X-ray is a popular tool for pumped food inspection because the accuracy of contaminant detection is highly improved by product homogeneity.

This white paper begins to explain the factors that affect the sensitivity of food x-ray inspection, it’s effectiveness at different points on the production line and suitability for processed and pumped foods prior to final packaging.

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Meat analysis has advanced. Fast and accurate Chemical Lean (CL) measurement – analysing the fat content of meat products – is increasingly important to meat processors.

This paper is essential reading for anyone involved in the production or processing of meat.

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Meat processors across the globe are increasingly relying on Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology to measure the chemical lean of meat trimmings and ground beef.

This white paper explores how DEXA can help meat processors to secure the best value and save costs in this fiercely-competitive international marketplace.

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